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The Three Sounds (also known as The 3 Sounds) were a trio that formed in 1956. The trio played and recorded with Lester Young, Lou Donaldson, Nat Adderley, Johnny Griffin, Anita O’Day, Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Stitt among others. They disbanded in 1973.

The band formed in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds. The original line-up consisted of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on double bass and Bill Dowdy on drums, along with saxophonist Lonnie `The Sound’ Walker, who dropped out the following year. The group moved to Washington and then New York, where as the Three Sounds, they cut a record for Riverside Records, before signing an exclusive contract with Blue Note.

Between 1958 and 1962, the group released nine LPs for . They toured nationally during this period, building a large following in jazz clubs across the country. Later Three Sounds recordings were also released by Limelight and .


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  • PapaParleone

    totally under-appreciated: Soul Symphony is one of those albums!

    27 Feb 7:46am Reply
  • Icekimo

    Found this band through "The Specifics" which sampled the track "Cry me a river" for one of their beats. HipHop led me here...

    30 Jan 2013 Reply

    Superb Trio/Q. timeless classics

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PThomasAnderson

    Suena increible, tengo que conseguir jazz con piano similar.

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • spawdin

    Summertime live at the Lighthouse blows my mind

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • peeanolover

    Parece increible que no haya mas "shouts" en esta página. Con lo maravilloso que es esta musica. Bueno, a mi me encanta.

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • beezer_b

    Love the Soul Symphony LP. Can't beat it.

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
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